John M. Dowd
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At a Glance

Mr. Dowd is noted for his successful representation of a U.S. district judge, a former U.S. attorney, two U.S. senators, and a state governor.

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Resident in the Washington office

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Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense practice group(s).

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John M. Dowd, a partner in the Washington office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P., has had both public and private sector experience in civil and criminal litigation. His specialty is the trial of complex cases.

Before joining Akin Gump, Mr. Dowd handled a wide variety of complex civil and criminal cases. He is noted for his successful representation of a U.S. district judge, a former U.S. attorney, two U.S. senators, and the governor of Arizona.

At the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Dowd was a trial attorney in the Tax Division and chief of an Organized Crime Strike Force in the Criminal Division. At the request of the Attorney General, he also supervised an internal investigation of the FBI and the investigation of Congressman Daniel Flood of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Dowd represented a senator of Nevada before the Department of Justice and the Senate Ethics Committee; an Air Force Colonel in the Iran Contra hearings; a senator before the Senate Ethics Committee; and a governor of Arizona in litigation with the Resolution Trust Corporation and in a fact-finding hearing before the House Subcommittee on General Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs, inquiring into the failure of the savings and loan industry. He served as an arbitrator for the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris.

Mr. Dowd served as Special Counsel to the Commissioner of Baseball in the investigations of Pete Rose, George Steinbrenner, Don Zimmer and Len Dykstra.

Mr. Dowd received his A.B. cum laude from St. Bernard College in 1963 and his J.D. from Emory University in 1965. He was a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is a member of Who’s Who in America and a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the American Bar Association. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Flint Hill School.


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